Airflo Bank Masters Competition

January saw the launch of the new Airflo World Bank Masters fly fishing competition. With heats to be fished across the UK on up to 20 venues, the competition is heating up fast, with many positions already being filled up it promises to be a massive competition.

Qualifying Heat Rules

  • This is an individual bank fly fishing competition
  • Teams may choose to enter and fish as individuals
  • Multiple entries are allowed and there are no limits to the numbers of heats you can fish
  • All heats and the final will be fished with barbless or debarbed hooks. Random checks will take place at the heats.
  • Fishery rules to apply on the day at the heats. Please contact your chosen fishery(s) for the match rules for the day as they may vary
  • Any fishery heat operating Catch and Release will be encouraged to score with 2 points for the first fish on every peg and 1 point thereafter with a maximum of 5 fish per peg. Qualifiers will come from those with the most accumulated point total
  • Where fisheries operate a catch and dispatch day ticket, the qualifiers will be decided on weight or a combination thereof if C&R is permitted after the bag total is reached
  • A fish is only considered caught when landed clearly in the net and lifted clear of the water. The utmost respect of the fish is paramount and anyone considered not abiding by this rule may have points for that fish disqualified
  • Flies must be positioned at least 50cm apart
  • Sight indicators are permitted where fisheries allow
  • Entry Fees to be paid to the organiser, (this does not include your fishing fees)
  • Fishing fees to be paid to the fishery on the day
  • Final to be held at Elinor, Northamptonshire on May 20th, 2012
  • 105 anglers will fish the final with a pro-rata percentage from each heat reaching the final
  • There will be 5 wild cards reaching the final which will be drawn from non-qualifiers after all qualifying heats are complete
  • Prizes: 1st Place £2000. Other prizes: UK Holiday with Fishing, large tackle prizes, a days Guided Salmon Fishing and many more including tagged fish & wild card spot prizes

The organizers decision is final and the organizer has the right to amend rules, cancel or move a heat if insufficient entries permit a fair competition or weather forces a heat to be cancelled.

Confirmed Venues – CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM

England

  • Blackdyke 25/02/12  Complete. See competition results
  • Ellerdine 03/03/12
  • Exe Valley 03/03/12  Complete. See competition results
  • Exe Valley 04/03/12 Complete. See competition results
  • Palm Springs 04/03/12
  • Seighford Lakes 10/03/12
  • Chatton 11/03/12
  • Aldin Grange 18/03/12
  • Elinor 25/03/12
  • Innis 07/04/12
  • Higham Lakes 28/04/12
  • Bank House Farm 29/04/12
  • Stocks 05/05/12
  • Stonebridge 06/05/12
  • Farmoor – 06/05/12
Scotland
  • New Haylie 04/03/12 Complete. See competition results
  • Selmuir 18/03/12
  • Lochter 25/03/12
  • Glen Of Rothes 01/04/12
  • Bangour 15/04/12
  • Markle 18/04/12
  • Orchill 29/04/12

Ireland

  • Straid 03/03/12 – Complete. See competition results
  • Woodford 18/03/12
  • Moorbrook lodge 21/04/12
  • Movilla 31/03/12
Wales
  • Tree Tops Fishery 15/04/12
  • Garnffrwd 22/04/12

To view the results of each round please see – Airflo World Bank Masters Results

Win an Airflo Ridge Clear Fly Line!

Fancy winning yourself an Airflo Ridge Clear fly line? Well here’s your chance.

Teaming up with Total Flyfisher magazine, we’ve been able to offer one lucky person an Airflo Ridge Clear fly line worth £59.99. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go onto facebook and make a few clicks.

By offering this prize Fishtec and Total Flyfisher are hoping to increase Facebook followers, which will enable us to offer more gear and prizes.

As soon as both pages hit the 1000 members mark we’ll pick out a winner, so don’t be shy in spreading the word, tell your mates, tell you mate’s mates – the sooner we hit 1000, the sooner you might win.

Click here to visit and like the Fishtec Fly page.

Click here to visit and like the Total Flyfisher page.

Designed for fishing, clear venues with easily spooked inhabitance, the Airflo Ridge Clear Fly line will make a valuable addition to anyone’s arsenal. And the lucky Facebook fan will get to choose the weight and density of the line they win.

Check out the video below to see what you could be winning – and don’t forget to get liking over on Facebook. Good luck.

Written by Kieron Jenkins

Lexus Welsh Final Results Brenig

Saturday 24th July saw the Nymph-a-maniac team awaken to a bright and windy day at the Giler Arms inn, North Wales. The squad had travelled up and practised on Llyn Brenig on the Friday, albeit with  light winds and good over cast cloud cover! Typical for it to change on Competition day –  that wouldn’t be fishing!

Competition day saw 36 anglers from 6 different teams competing for the top 3 team places to qualify for the Lexus Grand Final on Rutland.

At the start of the comp 18 boats set off from the jetty, 2 boats headed towards the dam and another 2 stopping short of the ‘RSJ’ to the left of the jetty but the majority heading up the lake towards the ‘Ring of stones’ area.

Losing a fish on my second cast I thought to myself we’re in for a good day… but after the first few drifts it was becoming apparent that it wasn’t going to be an easy one at all! The day grew older and the net become dryer, as the wind picked up and the sun become stronger the fishing seemed to slow down. Sun and wind is a killer !

Not seeing or hearing of many fish caught throughout the day I was hoping that the team would have pulled it together averaging a good number of fish. Usually these team comps are won with an average of about 6 per man (around 40 fish a team) with a superstar taking a few more.

Here are the team results :-

1.Nymph-a-Maniacs 71 Fish
2. Anglo Scots 44 Fish
3. Margam FF 39 Fish
4. Pitsford Pirates 34 Fish
5. Team Ruabon 30 Fish
6. Prince Albert AS 28 Fish

4 out of 5 of the top 5 individuals on the day where of the Nymph-a-maniac team, with Kieron Jenkins and Gareth Jones of fly fishing tackle suppliers Fishtec taking 1st and 5th position. What are they putting into the fly lines at Airflo!?

Written by Kieron Jenkins

18th IFFA – Fly Fishing International Ireland 2011

RIVERS INTERNATIONAL  – RIVER AGIVEY 2011

The 18th IFFA International Rivers Match took place on the River Agivey in Northern Ireland on 1st July 2011. Anglers travelled from all 4 home nations, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to compete for the coveted Geoff Clarkson Trophy and gold medals. This was the 3rd time that the Agivey Anglers Association had hosted this prestigious competition and in the previous 2 occasions Scotland lifted the honours…would this be 3 in row?

Many of the competitors made the short journey to the very north of Ireland to a small town called Garvagh a week prior to match day hoping to gain some advantage with valuable practice days on the river.  The weather had been very kind to the competitors giving them various scenarios from rain, wind and sunny spells…the water levels also played an important role with small rises throughout the week changing streams and pools and more importantly the hot spots! Fortunately the river remained relatively constant with low black water providing perfect fly fishing opportunities suitable for all methods from dries to nymphing.

Al l teams had been praising the quality of the wild brown trout fishing available together with the hospitality of the locals and of course the quantity of the black stuff!!

With all practice complete, all flies tied, all beats walked it was time for matchday. All the controllers arrived sharp on Friday morning at the Bushtown Hotel to receive their briefing and meet their angler who they would be looking after for the first couple of sessions. I think some of the controllers were as excited at the competitors to get started!

At the river, the anglers could finally study their section and hopefully see a couple of rises while they setup their rods. As in previous years, the preferred method was fishing the ‘duo’ in the streams and possibly the flats, but dry fly and straight nymphing also played their part in certain areas. The key was to maximise the first sessions in the streams and then concentrate on the free rising fish in the flats below the trees in the later harder sessions for those bonus fish.

 

After the first 2 morning sessions all the competitors and controllers headed to the Brown Trout Inn for some well deserved lunch and quick debrief from the between the Teams. At this stage the results of the morning sessions were being collated however rumours suggested it was a 2 horse race between Wales and Ireland.

It all came down to the last 3 hours of fishing to decide who was going to lift gold. The River Agivey has always been a very tightly contested venue with only a handful of fish between teams. This year was no exception… as both Ireland and Wales caught 90 fish each, England had 63 fish and Scotland had only 53 fish. In total we had 296 fish, measured and returned safely for another day which was almost 50 fish more than the last international on the River Agivey…either the anglers or the fishing is getting better, I think the latter personally.

The results of these competitions are determined by individual placings within each beat so when the score cards were all tallied up it was not long before a cheer was heard within the Irish camp. They had won by only one placing. Well done Ireland on winning gold on the River Agivey and congratulations to their Captain Joe Winders and Manager Seamus O’Neill for their efforts on bringing glory back home!

Congratulations to young Kieron Jenkins of fly fishing tackle specialists – Fishtec, on a magnificent individual performance with four 1st placings and a total of 31 fish. He also caught the largest fish on match day with a Brown trout measuring 36cm. Good angling Kieron.

What a great week to meet old friends and make new ones and a big thank you must go to the Agivey Anglers Association for their hard work and organisation. Also to all the controllers who gave up their time to be along the river with the anglers.

Well done again Ireland…hope your success continues to the River Tay in Scotland next year. Full results can be viewed here www.iffa.net.

Report and Pics courtesy of Arden Pollock.